Vegetable facts to get you growing
Peas #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Peas #1

Did you know that freezing peas for longer periods decreases the overall flavor? Edible pods hold their flavor better during the freezing process.

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Sweet Potato #1

Did you know that sweet potatoes come in both dry and moist varieties? This describes their texture while being consumed. Moist varieties are often called yams, but yams are actually a different species grown in more tropical climates and countries.

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Lima Beans #1

Did you know that like traditional string beans, lima beans do better in full sun?

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Broccoli #2

Did you know that broccoli can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit? This makes it an ideal northern crop – temps outside of this range can cause broccoli to “bolt” or go directly to seed without ever forming…

Radish #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Radish #1

Did you know that radishes are cool season crops? It is possible to get two or three crops in the springtime alone!

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Onion #2

Did you know that Bermuda onions require the shortest “day” period to grow? Onion tops require cooler weather but the bulbs themselves require warmer weather to mature.

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Summer Squash #2

Did you know that summer squash is a warm weather crop? These plants enjoy night temperatures above 60 degrees and should not be planted until two to three weeks after the last frost. In Minnesota, we recommend using starter plants…

Potatoes #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Potatoes #1

Did you know that potatoes are related to tomatoes, eggplant and peppers? Potatoes originated in higher altitudes and prefer cooler evening/nighttime temperatures.

Beets #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Beets #1

Did you know that beets do not have a lot of natural pests that impact them (watch for Leaf Miners on the leaves) making them ideal for an organic garden?

Shallot #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Shallot #1

Did you know that shallots do not suffer from any serious pest or disease problems? This makes them ideal for first time gardeners.

String Beans #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

String Beans #1

Did you know that bean plants excite bacteria in the soil to as they work with these bacteria to create their own fertilizer?

Tomato #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Tomato #2

Did you know that at one point in time in US history tomatoes were labelled as poisonous? Tomatoes originated in South America and made their way to the US through Central America, Mexico and into Spain – then into other…

Asparagus #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Asparagus #1

Did you know that Asparagus requires a high Nitrogen environment? A totally separate bed is the best approach for Asparagus to avoid Nitrogen overload for other vegetables.

Broccoli #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Broccoli #1

Did you know that Americans did not consume broccoli until the 1920’s even though it was a favorite in Europe long before that?

Onion #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Onion #1

Did you know that all varieties of onions can be used as “green onions”? There are some varieties that are grown specifically for this (spring onions, scallions, bunching onions) – but all varieties can fill in for this role.

Spinach #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Spinach #1

Did you know that spinach grows best in seed clusters (like chard and beets)? Spinach should be thinned when seedlings appear. Like beets, leafminers are a common spinach pest. New Zealand spinach, however, has no serious pest problems and is…

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